Syrian govt condemns ‘Turkish aggression on Afrin’ as defiant Kurds vow to resist

RT – January 20, 2018

The Syrian government has condemned “Turkish aggression on Afrin” following the operation launched by Ankara. Kurdish YPG forces responded by saying they have “no choice but to resist.”

The Syrian government also denied that Ankara informed Damascus of the operation, despite Turkish media reporting that such notification was forwarded “in writing,” Syrian state media reported, citing an official source.

The Kurdish YPG militia said the Turkish airstrikes have forced it to fight back. “We will defeat this aggression, like we have defeated other such assaults against our villages and cities,” the group said, as quoted by Reuters. It claims that Ankara had hit civilian neighborhoods and urged men and women in northern Syria to join its ranks to protect Afrin.